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Occupancy was up 8.4 percent in Wisconsin for April 2013 compared to the same month in 2012. Most market areas saw an increase in occupancy for the month, with the largest increase in Wausau/Stevens Point. ADR was up 2.6 percent statewide for April 2013, with the largest increase in La Crosse.

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The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) presented 2013 WH&LA Chairman of the Board Buck Drossart, CLM, of The Pointe Hotel & Suites and Conference Center, Minocqua, with a State Leadership Award during AH&LA’s annual Legislative Action Summit. The State Leadership Awards were created in 1998 to honor standout members in each partner state association who help implement and strengthen programs. Drossart is pictured at left with J.W. Mariott, Jr., executive chairman & chairman of the board for Mariott International Inc., who was honored with the first AH&LA Voice of the Industry Award.

Vail Brown, CMHS, vice president of global business development & marketing for STR, was also recognized at LAS for receiving the 2013 John Whitaker Award, which is presented to an outstanding Certified Master Hotel Supplier for their dedication and to innovation within the industry. Vail Brown is scheduled to speak at the 2013 Wisconsin Lodging Conference November 3-5 at the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva.


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Occupancy was up in Wisconsin for May 2012 compared to May 2011 and nearly all market areas saw an increase in occupancy, with the largest increase in Door County. ADR was up statewide compared to May 2011, with the largest increase in Madison.

To view Smith Travel Data for your region for May 2012, click here.

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Drivers on Wisconsin highways must now carry proof of insurance in their vehicles or face a $200 fine.

Wisconsin’s mandatory auto insurance law takes effect today, June 1, which means law enforcement officers will begin asking not only for a driver’s license during traffic stops, but also for proof of insurance, which usually is a card provided by insurers when the premium is paid.

“We will be asking for insurance credentials on each and every stop, similar to like when we ask for a driver’s license,” said State Patrol Major Dan Lonsdorf, who is director of transportation safety for the state Department of Transportation. “That’s really to be consistent across the board. What we don’t want is law enforcement, at least not State Patrol officers, picking and choosing who they ask and who they don’t ask.”

Lonsdorf said officers won’t be trying to hassle drivers with the new law. No one can be stopped by police solely on suspicion of not having insurance.

In addition, he said, a big ticket isn’t inevitable if proof of insurance is absent at the time of a traffic stop. Under the law, drivers will be asked for proof of insurance, and those who can’t provide it may be fined $10.

To read the entire article from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, click here.


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